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Michael Paolisso

Michael Paolisso is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  His primary areas of interests are environmental anthropology, cognitive anthropology, research methods, and gender.  His current research focuses on the cultural construction of environmental issues for the Chesapeake Bay region.  More specifically, he is interested in applying approaches from cognitive anthropology to understand how Bay area stakeholder groups define and use concepts such as nature, environment and pollution.  In following this line of inquiry, his recent research has used a cultural model approach to understand beliefs and values about dinoflagellate blooms, nutrient runoff, management of the blue crab fishery and the introduction of non-native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.  In addition to his Chesapeake Bay research, he has undertaken short- and long-term fieldwork in numerous countries in Latin America, and in Kenya, and Nepal.  Dr. Paolisso is also co-director of the Resource Management and Cultural Processes track within the Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, which trains students in the application of anthropological theory and methods to the management of cultural and natural resources. His publications include edited volumes, monographs, journal articles and technical reports. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erve Chambers

Erve Chambers is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  His
areas of interest include tourism, heritage resource management, and urban and regional development.  He has conducted field research in Thailand, Mexico, and in several parts of the United States.  Dr. Chambersí current research and theoretical interests focus related to: (1) community-based tourism; (2) the representations of place and heritage in the Chesapeake Bay region; and (3) the functions of discourse related to environmental and cultural heritage.  He is an active participant in the Resource Management and Cultural Process track within the Department of Anthropology.  His publications include Native Tours: The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (2000); Tourism and Culture: An Applied Perspective (1997); Housing, Culture and Design: A Comparative Perspective, with Setha M. Low (1989); and Applied Anthropology: A Practical Guide (1985).  Dr. Chambers has served as founding Editor of the publication Practicing Anthropology (1978-1986); President of the Society for Applied Anthropology (1987- 1989); Visiting Professor to the Program in Atlantic Culture and History, Johns Hopkins University (1987-1988); and Special Fulbright Scholar in Appropriate Tourism Development at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand (1991).
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